The Blue Danube - Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest Itinerary -
18 Aug 2019 on the ms Serenity

Day 1 UK – Frankfurt

We travel by rail to our overnight hotel.

Day 2 Frankfurt – Vienna

After breakfast we travel by train and board the ms Serenity in Vienna, the home of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is known for its Habsburgs’ summer residence Schönbrunn palace. Those travelling by air join today.

Day 3 Vienna

We spend a full day experiencing the delights of Vienna. Grand palaces, baroque castles, magnificent squares and striking monuments are just some of the key features of this beautiful city, which is a world heritage site. In the morning you can join our optional city tour and in the afternoon we have an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace, which takes you on a journey through time as we explore some of the 1,441 rooms. We set sail and cruise towards Linz this evening.

Day 4 Linz – Melk

A morning arrival in Linz allows us the morning to explore the city. The must see-sights; the old town has charming cobbled streets and centuries of architecture and on the other side of the river is a modern affair. Relax on the sun deck as we sail to Melk after lunch.

Day 5 Melk - Bratislava

Melk is a small town which lies in the beautiful Wachau valley. Here you can join our optional excursion visiting the Benedictine Abbey. This is one of the most famous monastic houses in Austria and has been occupied by monks for over 900 years. After lunch watch the scenery glide by as we cruise to Bratislava.

Day 6 Bratislava – Budapest

We wake up this morning in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This historic city is dominated by its castle, set high above the Danube and once a frontier post of the Roman empire. There’s also the unique suspension bridge, another key landmark which was announced as the building of the century when it opened in 1972. Join our optional excursion by miniature train to Bratislava castle with free time to explore the castle and the old town. We cruise to Budapest this afternoon.

Day 7 Budapest

Today we have a full day in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Here you can explore both sides of Hungary’s capital – traditional Buda and the more cosmopolitan Pest. Start the day by joining our optional city tour which introduces you to the highlights and helps you get your bearings in the city known as the ‘pearl of the Danube’. After lunch you can join our second optional excursion of the day, which takes you through the sweeping plains of Hungary to Lajosmizse. Here we visit a traditional stud farm and enjoy a tour of the grounds in a horse-drawn carriage, before watching a spectacular live Puszta horse show.

Day 8 Esztergom

We arrive early this morning in Esztergom, one of the oldest towns in Hungary. Here you can join our optional excursion to Esztergom Basillica, the third largest church in Europe. Enjoy another relaxing afternoon cruising to Vienna.

Day 9 Vienna

We bid farewell to our captain and crew and disembark our ship for the return journey. We break the journey with an overnight stay in Frankfurt.

Day 10 Frankfurt – UK

We check out of our overnight hotel and continue the journey home.